One Plus Two House
Primary Projects + Croft

A passive house in rural Maine made of straw

It’s a good fit when a client says any of the following:
  • “We want something really sustainable.”
  • “We don’t want a house that’s too large.”
  • “We want it to sit gently on the land.”
  • “We like modern but cozy.”

In this case, the client said it all on our first call. We told them it felt like, “Dream Client Bingo.”

The roof of the lower portion projects to create a sheltered entry and screened-in porch

The family of simple gable forms helps break down the scale of the house and anchor it to the sloped site

Ground Floor Plan
From left:
  • Screened-In Porch
  • Deck
  • Living Room: With dining, kitchen, and large sliding doors to patio
  • Pantry
  • Stair to second floor
  • Laundry & Utility Room
  • Bathroom
  • Guest Bedrooms

The bookcase provides storage for chopped logs as well as: a place to put the TV, additional seating, and a spot for books

The Southeast corner of the house provides expansive views to the pond

From left: entry, stair to mezzanine, hall to the guest bedrooms, kitchen & pantry

As the sun sets, light trickles in the openings at the entry, stair & skylight over the living room

A screened-in porch is a critical part of enjoying summertime in the Northeast (unless you love bugs!)

Second Floor Plan
From left:
  • Stair to first floor
  • Mezzanine: With banquette seat, storage, & sitting area
  • Primary Bathroom
  • Primary Bedroom: With walk-in closet and private deck

Coziness alert! The second floor overlooks the first, but we designed a screened railing, a seating nook, and a storage wall to give it its own character.

The primary bedroom has its own deck with views to the pond

The shed is perfect for storage, repairs, & gardening

The shed is like a mini version of the house.

The shed’s interior prioritizes durability








Warren, Maine


Interior Design


Croft, Collaborator & Straw Panel Provider